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School District Budget
2013-2014 School District Budget
2013-2014 Budget
     
64 MB - posted 9/12/13
 



2012-2013 Budget
   
14 MB - posted 9/17/12


  
Over the past several years, the St. Johns County School District saw its amount of funds per student decreased by the legislative allocation process. While budgets have been reduced, the District remains responsible for managing student growth, maintaining the constitutional class-size requirements, opening new schools and most recently implementing the new teacher and administrator evaluation system.
 
Although the 2013 Legislature increased funding for St. Johns County schools by $14.8 million, the financial and economic pressures still facing the District are tremendous. As an example, although there is a slight increase of 3.2 percent in property value this year, the capital outlay millage remains at 1.5 mills rather than the previous levy allowed by law of 2.0 mills. This results in revenues for the Local Capital Improvement Fund being projected to be $27.2 million, or approximately $849,000 more than the prior year. However, with the millage allowed by law remaining at 1.5 mills the ability to raise revenue commensurate with the District's capital needs is severely restricted. In comparison, the FY 07-08 Local Capital Improvement Funds amounted to approximately $46.8 million. This equates to an approximate 42 percent decrease in revenue sources for capital projects, while at the same time the number of students being served increased by IS percent, or 4,912 from 27,737 students in FY 07-08 to 32,649 students in FY 13-14. Over the last five years, the capital outlay budget has lost access to more than $52.6 million. This reduced funding will continue to jeopardize our ability to maintain existing schools or build new ones as needed. In addition, the ongoing lack of funding could negatively impact the District's credit rating and its ability to efficiently manage its debt.
  
Finally, Florida continues to be in the lowest tiers in terms of per student funding for operational needs when compared to other states. As previously mentioned, the funding did increase for FY 13-14; however, the state has a long way to go to restore Florida K-12 funding to the FY 07-08 level.
 
The following list reflects the budget cuts that were implemented since 2006. However, please note some of the personnel cuts have been restored, and others may be restored in the future as the economy continues to recover and demonstrates sustainable growth:


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Eliminated more than 300 positions
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Reduced energy cost by $2.5 million (current cost avoidance is approximately $21 million)
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Controlled the cost of the District's benefits package
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Delayed textbook purchases
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Reduced school operating budgets by 25 percent
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Reduced department operating budgets by 30 percent
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Reduced contractor payments by more than $500,000
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Reduced the number of Youth Resource Officers in our schools from twenty-one to nine
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Provided no raises for four out of the last five years
 
These reductions have allowed the District to stabilize its operations since 2006 and to accumulate needed reserves to help balance our budget for the next two and a half years. If there is no sustainable recovery in the state's economy and/or in the emphasis K-12 education receives from the Florida legislature within the next 24 months, public education in St. Johns County will face significant reductions in services for our students in 20 I 5-20 16 or sooner.
 
The District's revenue and expenditure budgets have changed significantly since July 2012. Highlights are as follows:
  

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State & local funding has increased by approximately $14,806,703
 
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Per-student funding for FY 13-14 is $6,645.27, which remains well below the FY 07-08 perstudent funding of $7,202.43
  
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Student population for FY 13-14 is projected to grow by 2.5 percent, or 788 students
  
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As a result of the lack of previously experienced state funding, the loss of the stimulus funding, continued student growth and other downward pressures on the budget, the District will use approximately $20.1 million from its fund balance to sustain school operations during FY 13-14
  
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The FY 13-14 budget will provide 88 additional instructional staff units   
Approximately $619,000 in recurring costs is needed to fund the pre-opening operations at both new K-8 schools scheduled to open in August 2014
  
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Florida Retirement System rates will increase to 6.95 percent in FY 13-14 from 5.18 percent in FY 12-13, resulting in a 34 percent increase in the Board 's FRS contribution, or $2.5 million
  
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During the 2013 session, the Florida Legislature, guided by the Governor's office, allocated approximately $5.7 million to St. Johns under the "Teacher Salary Allocation" category and must be spent on employee salary increases; this resulted in reduced flexibility of approximately 38 percent ofthe new money for FY 13-14
  
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Other major changes from the 2013 Legislative session include revamping of the dual enrollment and virtual school regulations, as well as capping a student from earning more than 1.0 FTE no matter where that student is taking their classes; the full fiscal impact of these changes is yet to be clearly defined by the state
  
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The District's capital and maintenance expense budgets will need to be restricted since the District is currently growing at 2.5 percent or 788 students per year with a declining revenue stream. In fact, the FY 07-08 capital fund generated approximately $46.8 million. The same capital fund will generate only $27.2 million in FY 13-14. This disparity is due mainly to the continuing negative impacts of declining property values as a result of the housing market collapse as well as the economic meltdown of recent years. More importantly, the Florida Legislature reduced the allowable millage levy from 2.0 mills to 1.75 mills in FY 08-09 and then again to 1.5 mills in FY 09-10. It currently remains at 1.5 mills for FY 13-14. For the foreseeable future, capital and maintenance must be prioritized with a focus on critical needs only. The District will be forced to move away from being prepared for growth and using preventive maintenance (in order to minimize costs), to only meeting critical needs. A backlog of growth and maintenance needs (deferred maintenance) will develop.
  
If the District does not see a leveling or improvement in per-student spending in the future, it will be necessary to again reduce operating and capital expenditures budgets so there is not an emergency when our fund balance is exhausted.
  
Past performance is a good predictor of future performance. To review our past financial performance, please visit our web page at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us. If you visit the District's web page and click on Financial Transparency, you will find detailed information about our financial activity.
 




For more information on the St. Johns County School District Budget, please view the complete 2013-2014 School District Budget.

Last Modified: Sep 12, 2013